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  • Virtually all faults are pardonable if admitted. Virtually all faults are condemnable if defended.

  • The deaths, of those that we care for, seem to pare our souls down in sorrowful slices.

  • The only reason that we donít regard every person as being an eccentric is because of our lack of knowledge of each person.

  • Alan Greenspan may worry about "irrational exuberance", but, there should be a greater concern about "irrational complacency".

  • Self-discipline is usually ignored today in child-rearing and in schools; but without self-discipline; impulses tend to run amuck and bring no end of problems to those so denied.

  • Each of us is like a small baton that is passed on from an earlier generation to the generation that will follow us.

  • If the "Fountain of Youth" is ever found, one of its contents will be curiosity.

  • An expert is someone that has learned so much about a very narrow field that he becomes painfully aware of how little he knows.

  • As a child, my grandparents often said how different today was than they had expected. As a child, many predicted what the future would be like; and they were no more successful than my grandparents. One of lifeís greatest certainties is that our certainties of the future will be little like what we believe today.

  • A non-rolling stone gathers more than moss; it gathers its inertia well enough to eventually become just part of the landscape.

  • For many, the need to be perceived as right at all times is very much greater than the desire to be right.

  • Nature never presents us with knowledge; rather, nature only presents us with the curiosity to open the book of knowledge and then to read it.

  • If one is to know all of life, then it must be the sweet promise of spring, the warm growth of summer, the bountiful harvest of autumn, and the bitter chill of winter.

  • It is preferable to be ineffective in a just cause than effective in a corrupt cause; because this ineffectiveness may be a product of integrity rather than the corruption of mere expedience.

  • There are many references on how to control our futures; although this is a worthy goal, it is only that, as all we can do is favorably influence our futures. The variables, present in every life, are too numerous to believe that anyone, no matter how powerful, can control all of them to their personal benefit.

  • Some not only march to a different drummer, they march to an entirely different marching band.

  • Almost always, things are darker when looking down then when looking up.

  • We would have been better prepared for the test of life if we could have done our homework first.

  • It is at least a sign of minor egotism when we are offended by strangers, as the chances are that they gave us no thought at all.

  • Ignorance is painful; unfortunately the time between the contentedness with ignorance and the pain is too long for the ignorant to make the connection.

  • We judge all the time; for instance we judge that it is easier to walk through a doorway than the adjacent wall; when we judge another however, we make only walls and no doorways.

  • More wretched than the ignorant are those that imitate knowing.

  • One cannot become wise if one already believes himself to already be so.

  • Before anyone can become a realist, they have the awesome task of finding out what is real and what isnít.


  • Through most of life, we exist in various states of mind that seem to come to us randomly and they tend to gradually change with age. These states of mind change several times each day, and often without any apparent cause, although, just like in dreaming, there is a cause but most often it is unknown and unknowable. There is an alternative to the random states of mind that seem to arrive from out of nowhere, and that is to choose an ideal of what we want to become and then focus on that as often as oneís day permits. Usually at first, this may only be during the times before we fall to sleep, but over a period of months, one will find that gradually, this ideal that was chosen, starts working its way into our moments during the day, and eventually we find ourselves being more and more like that ideal.

  • After awhile, this state of becoming will become a state of being, and give rise to an opportunity to choose another ideal to focus on. One can do this throughout life, and therefore always exist in a state of becoming. One is, in a sense, building oneself as one might build a structure, a much more preferable and predictable process instead of letting our culture build us with its haphazard way of influencing what we will become. To become as free as possible, it is necessary that we be free to become what we want to become instead of what our culture wants, for it is a certainty that our culture in uninterested in our own personal development; rather the culture functions as if it were interested in its own ends which are most often at the expense of oneís personal sense of freedom.


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